Kraytom Pills
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State Rep. Scott Conklin, along with Centre County District Attorney Bernie Cantorna, announced Friday that he plans to introduce a bill that would add kratom to the list of controlled substances. According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, kratom is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia with leaves that contain compounds that can affect the mind, with most people ingesting it through a pill or capsule. Conklin said the substance raises health concerns in Pennsylvania and nationally, saying kratom's active ingredient, mitragynine, is an addictive substance that acts on the brain's opioid receptors. He says it's being marketed in stores across the country as an herbal supplement to treat medical conditions, despite warnings from the FDA that it can be dangerous if overly ingested. "Deaths due to this substance are on the rise nationally because those addicted to opioids are using it to either increase the effects of those drugs, or people are using it as a treatment for withdrawal,There is no reliable evidence to support kratom's use to treat opioid addiction or for any other health conditions, including depression, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. Based on the information provided, it's time to put this substance on the Schedule I list within the state's Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act." Conklin, citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says with Pennsylvania having the fourth-highest overdose rate in the U.S., he believes steps regarding kratom should be taken now. According to NIDA, the FDA reported in 2017 that many of the kratom-associated deaths appeared to have resulted from adulterated products or taking kratom with other potent substances, including illicit drugs, opioids, benzodiazepines, alcohol, gabapentin, and over-the-counter medications, such as cough syrup. The FDA says there are no approved uses for kratom and warns consumers not to use any substances that contain the ingredient. The FDA is encouraging more research to better understand kratom and how it interacts with other drugs.